The Yosemite Hall replacement project is one of several University of California, Davis projects designed to combine university-owned housing with public-private development to increase the quantity of available student housing. The building, a new 100,000 sq.ft. student housing building, is comprised of four stories with 390 beds and also includes spaces for academic advising, a computer center, mail service desk, community kitchen, and an RA apartment. Located near the north campus entrance, the building is prominently situated in a congested campus setting.
Digital Building Components provided 398 floor panels up to 14 ft. wide and 2,172 wall panels up to 22 ft. long for this non-rectangular building. The building includes a 25,000 sq. ft. floor plate area. For most of the building footprint the structural system consists of load-bearing framing with Sure-Board shear walls and floor sheathing. Over a portion of the building floor plate (approximately 10,000 sq. ft.), the structural system consists of three stories of cold-formed steel framing atop a one-story concrete podium.
Originally conceived as a wood structure, DPR Construction, the general contractor, worked with Digital Building Components to convert the building type from Type V to Type II. Digital Building provided the cold-formed steel load-bearing structure. The conversion to cold-formed steel improved both the safety of the occupants and building durability.